Friday, 27 September 2013

6: Friday 27th September 2013

From the Headmaster



“Obras en la Panamericana”: Communication #2 (Friday 27th September, 2013)

A big thank you to all members of our communities for the responsible and collaborative way that the traffic situation has been dealt with. Working together we can improve the experience for everyone.



The Fovial engineers confirm that they are still working to the dates already announced but they will be adjusting the situation as the need arises. Please consult the local press for up to date information - if we have information from them which impacts our traffic we shall also let you know.



Please note:

  1. Our community is receiving help from the PNC at the junction of 17th avenue and Calle El Carmen before the start of our schools. We are requesting more help during other peak times.
  2. Each school is making their own arrangements to have staff on duty to look after children on arrival. At the ABC, staff will be on duty from 6:10 am in the Primary School corridors and the Learning Resources Centre is opening from 6:10am also. 
  3. The ABC is asking its students to arrive by 6:50am. This is to separate each school’s arrival time as much as possible so as to minimize the impact of each other’s traffic.
  4. The traffic staff are working for our benefit. Please respect their instructions at all times, without regard of which school they work for. Smiles and kind words inspire each of them to work harder for the safety of our students.
  5. We ask drivers to be particularly careful around the roads and entrances to our schools. We have noted the following behaviours which could be highly dangerous:
    1. drivers talking and texting on mobile phones whilst still or driving;
    2. drivers parking on the road and walking their children across the path of cars;
    3. drivers making sharp turns in high vehicles which have blind spots;
    4. drivers blocking junctions and entrances.

Do not be distracted and remain alert - do not put any member of our communities at risk by such actions.

Thank you to all members of our community for the patience shown - and for driving safely.

Any comments should be sent to trafico@abc-net.edu.sv



Primary News

Deysi López - Lower Primary Admin Assistant
We welcome Mrs López to the ABC. Deysi is located in the Lower Primary Administration office and can be reached on 2241 4441. 

PK Curriculum night
Our PK teaching team will be presenting our first curriculum night on Wednesday 2nd October. All pre kinder parents are invited to come along to find out more about our exciting and fulfilling foundation stage programme. We look forward to seeing you there.

Crazy Head Day
On Tuesday 1st October, in recognition of Día del Niño, Upper Primary will be having “Crazy Head Day”. Children from 2nd to 5th grade are invited to come to school with funny hats or a crazy hair style.

The cost to participate is US $1.00 and the money will become part of each grades fundraising. 

School for Parents - UP parents - How your style of authority influences your child’s development. Wednesday 2nd October, 7:10am in the PAC
  • What Authority is
  • How different types of authority influence a child's development positively and negatively.
  • Consequences of each type of authority
  • Basic tips on how to practice suitable authority skills
Robotics at CIFCO
If your child spends their spare time playing with Lego, then this Saturday you and your family might like to attend a special event hosted by T-Box (a company that combines technology with education). This annual competition will be about “Robots in the city”. Students from different schools participate and put into practise their skill and knowledge of building and programming using LEGO Mindstorms. This event will be in CIFCO and will begin at 8:30 am.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Wednesday 2nd October: Pre-Kinder Curriculum Night 7:00pm in the PAC
Friday 4th October: 1st Quintanilla Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Tuesday 8th October: Kinder Curriculum Night 7:00pm in the PAC
Thursday 10th October: Prepa Curriculum Night 7:00pm in the PAC
Friday 11th October: 1st Vásquez Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Friday 18th October: Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Friday 18th October: UN Day
Monday 21st - Friday 25th October: Half term break
Wednesday 30th October: 1st Grade Curriculum Night 7:00pm in the PAC
Friday 8th November: 1st Aguirre Assembly 7:20am in the PAC


Upper Primary 
Tuesday 1st October: UP crazy hair day
Wednesday 2nd October: UP School for parents, at the PAC, from 7:00 to 8:30am
Wednesday 2nd October: 3rd Garcia Prieto Assembly, 9:10am in the PAC
Wednesday 2nd October: 5th Molina Assembly, 11:55am in the PAC
Wednesday 16th October: 2nd Guzman Assembly, 9:10am in the PAC
Wednesday 16th October: 4th Quintanilla Assembly, 11:55am in the PAC
Friday 18th October: UP United Nations Food Fair
Monday 21st – Friday 25th: Half Term Break
Wednesday 30th October: UP “Dia de la raza” Assembly 
Secondary News

Peace One Day
We hope you enjoyed the international day of peace last Saturday. This day has become an important day for us as it provides an opportunity both to celebrate the peace we enjoy in our country as well as the peace which is important to us in our school community. 

Know Your School Events next week
Please note these take place for all grades over the next two weeks. The meetings start at 6.30 which is an hour later than originally planned because of the traffic problems we are currently experiencing. After the initial meeting there will be an opportunity to meet all of your son or daughters teachers for a few minutes to find out how the year has started. We ask you to see as many of your son or daughter’s teachers as you possibly can

Extra Curricular
The next round of extra curricular activities starts on Monday 14th October and we will be talking about options and possibilities over the next week or so.

Basketball court
We are pleased to announce that the main outdoor basketball court will be reopening on Monday. It will mean much easier access around the campus but we do want to say how well the students have coped with the restricted access and evacuation routes.

Life Skills and the ABC
All our students study Life Skills as an essential element of their ABC education. We would like to point out that this course is fully integrated into our values and traits which you can see in the diagram below and covers a range of activities under the following broad categories: Health and safety, Character Building, Relationships, Careers and academic success, Citizenship (Global and local). This programme is delivered by a variety of people including Heads of Year, Mrs. Sol, Mr. Keslake, the Learning Support Unit, as well as various professional outside agencies. We continue to develop this programme but we also seek to ensure our school traits and values are constantly promoted and developed through all aspects of our school curriculum.

Secondary dates for your diary
Tuesday 1st October: Grade 6 Know Your School & Parent Teacher Meeting 6.30 pm PAC
Thursday 3rd October: Grade 7/8 Know Your School & Parent Teacher Meeting 6.30 pm PAC
Monday 7th October: Grade 11/12 Know Your School & Parent Teacher Meeting 6.30 pm PAC
Wed 9th October: Grade 9/10 Know Your School & Parent Teacher Meeting 6.30 pm PAC

Friday, 20 September 2013

5: Friday 20th September 2013

From the Headmaster


Information we have obtained from Fovial El Salvador:
1. The Panamericana will be closed for resurfacing as follows (dates are approximate and applies to the carriageway from San Salvador to Santa Tecla):.
  • From the Guadalupe Church to Multiplaza from Monday 23rd of September
  • then up to El Trebol on Wednesday 2nd of October
  • and then up to the Academia Britanica Cuscatleca (ABC) on Tuesday 15th of October with the work terminating in December.
2. Simultaneously, the road from La Meson de Goya to 17th Avenue in Santa Tecla will also be closed from Monday 23rd of September.

3. The carriageway from Santa Tecla towards San Salvador will be worked on from January 2014.

4. Up until Tuesday 15th of October, it should be possible to enter the Panamericana towards the ABC and the Liceo Frances (LF) along Boulevard Merliot at El Trebol, as well as the normal route of Calle El Boqueron.

Please note that this information is subject to change – we shall be informing you of any changes to the best of our ability.

How to reduce the impact of these road closures:
1. The ABC and the LF recognise that as good neighbours we need to work together and coordinate our activities in order to reduce the impact of the road closures. These are some of the measures that we are taking:
  • Increasing the times between the start of our schools – in this way we reduce the impact of the traffic arriving at each of our schools.
  • Seeking PNC assistance at the junction of 17 Av North and Calle El Carmen.
  • Providing clear guidelines to help our communities use respectful and considerate ways of driving in order to expedite travel in a safe way. 
2. Parents are asked to find alternate routes around the road closures according to the information given in the press and by our schools.

3. Keep up to date with the latest information:
  • ABC: announcements can be followed on Facebook or on the school’s website.
  • Liceo Frances: announcements directly by e-mail to parents.


Primary News


Peace One Day/International Day of Peace
The rather long link below is to a document published by the IPC which is intended to be used by parents to help them to talk to their children about tolerance and mutual respect. Values about which we feel very strongly in the primary school. Please take time to have a look and discuss these ideas with your children.


Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Friday 27th September: 1st Fastiggi Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Wednesday 2nd October: Pre-Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm in the PAC
Friday 4th October: 1st Quintanilla Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Tuesday 8th October: Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm in the PAC
Thursday 10th October: Prepa Curriculum Night 6:00pm in the PAC
Friday 11th October: 1st Vásquez Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Friday 18th October: Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Friday 18th October: UN Day
Monday 21st - Friday 25th October: Half term break
Wednesday 30th October: 1st Grade Curriculum Night 6:00pm in the PAC
Friday 8th November: 1st Aguirre Assembly 7:20am in the PAC

Upper Primary
Friday 30th September - Friday 11th October: UP teachers meet all UP parents

Secondary News

We have been celebrating Peace One Day in school today but the International Day of Peace is tomorrow and we hope you will discuss it with your son or daughter. It is supposed to be a day when all over the world people seek reconciliation and an end to violence. In school we always use it as a focus for thinking about peace in our community and that includes an absence of all forms of violence including all forms of unkind behaviour. Please join with people all around the world tomorrow.

We would like to remind parents to be aware of videos students have saved on their laptops or they own on a DVD. Many films are rated 15 or 18 and if so there will be a reason and they are not suitable for viewing by younger students. We are also concerned that some students are playing video games which are rated above their age and we would ask you to check.

Last weekend we had an unfortunate incident where some of our students were injured in a quadbike accident. Thankfully all are making a good recovery but I want to use the incident to remind all of us of the prime importance of thinking about safety in any activity we do. I know this incident was very unlucky and it genuinely was an accident without blame but we must all take heed of such incidents to remind ourselves of the need to be be aware of the potential risks and to ensure our safety in all we do. 

Please note we have very important Know Your School Meetings starting the week after NEXT week and we are hoping for 100% attendance.

Secondary dates for your diary
Tuesday 1st October: Grade 6 Know Your School & Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC
Thursday 3rd October: Grade 7/8 Know Your School & Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC
Monday 7th October: Grade 11/12 Know Your School & Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC
Wed 9th October: Grade 9/10 Know Your School & Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC

Friday, 13 September 2013

4: Friday 13th September 2013

From the Headmaster




The school reviews its philosophy and objectives regularly and will be doing so in preparation for our Five Year Accreditation Report with this questionnaire. The ABC’s philosophy and objectives are not dry and unused statements - we base all that we do at school on them. Do we have the right Vision? Is our Mission appropriate for preparing students for the 21st Century? Are the school’s Traits and Values institutionalised? How well are we doing in these areas?
Please help - we need your opinion. This questionnaire is just slightly longer than the usual one which we do each year but it is vital for us to be able to concentrate on doing the correct things.
Deadline: 7:00am on Monday 16th September 2013.

Primary News


If you love me keep me safe
We are delighted to see the vastly increased number of seat belts, booster seats and car seats being used properly. However, we’d like to remind some parents that it is not sufficient to strap your child into one of the back seats without using the proper booster/car seat (according to their height). Some parents are attaching the seat belt and tucking the shoulder restraint behind their child’s back. This is not advisable.

Additionally, nothing worth having comes easily. It takes more time to remove the belts and take the children out of the cars in the morning as well as taking more time to strap them in properly in the afternoons. Thank you all for being so patient.

UP Back to School Nights
Again we were very impressed with the support from parents at this week’s Back to School Nights and would like to thank all of those parents who came along to find out more about their children’s school lives and our expectations. Thanks too, to the Madre Enlace in UP who supplied refreshments for parents to enjoy after the classroom presentations and gave parents and staff an enjoyable opportunity to mix.

Upper Primary Back to School Night attendance
2nd Grade 91%
3rd Grade 92%
4th Grade 81%
5th Grade 79%

McLay Fun Run/Peace One Day
On Friday 20th September we will be celebrating two events simultaneously. All primary children will be taking part in the McLay fun run and running laps of the school field. This event takes place annually to remind us of Mr McLay a previous Head of Primary who enjoyed running and encouraged to children to keep fit and healthy. The children all pay a small amount of money to take part and the funds raised are used to help equip local schools with sporting equipment.

On the same day we will also be celebrating Peace One Day and spending time talking to our children about conflict and how to deal with it. The emphasis for our young children is on establishing and maintaining peace at home and at school. You will already have received a letter about the Peace One Day T shirts for this year. The deadline for sending in money for these is today - Friday 13th September.

Children who purchase a Peace One Day T-shirt will be able to wear these (with their PE shorts) for the McLay Fun Run. Children who do not have one of these special shirts will wear their normal PE kit.

Inset Day
Monday 16th September is a training day for staff. No children should be in school on that day.

School for parents
Lower primary parents are invited to attend a lecture at 7am on Wednesday 18th September in the PAC. A brief outline of the contents of the lecture is below.

Goodbye to tantrums: Tantrums occur for different reasons. Children express their frustration through them but healthy strategies should be taught for expressing their feelings. In this lecture, parents will learn tips on how to teach self control and autonomy to their children and how to establish limits (boundaries) so tantrums are less common.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Monday 16th September: INSET Training day for staff - No school for children
Friday 20th September: 1º Quintanilla Spanish Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Friday 27th September: 1st Fastiggi Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Wednesday 2nd October: Pre-Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm in the PAC
Friday 4th October: 1st Quintanilla Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Tuesday 8th October: Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm in the PAC
Thursday 10th October: Prepa Curriculum Night 6:00pm in the PAC
Friday 11th October: 1st Vásquez Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Friday 18th October: Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Friday 18th October: UN Day
Monday 21st - Friday 25th October: Half term break
Wednesday 30th October: 1st Grade Curriculum Night 6:00pm in the PAC
Friday 8th November: 1st Aguirre Assembly 7:20am in the PAC

Upper Primary
Friday 30th September - Friday 11th October: UP teachers meet all UP parents

Secondary News

Libertad, Union, Dios
We hope you all have time to discuss and enjoy the coming Independence Day celebration on Sunday. We have been celebrating the upcoming event in school with assemblies and Life Skills classes and have been working on our students understanding their own freedoms and independence and ensuring that they remain free, true to their aspirations and making their own independent choices. Within their own freedom and independence their education is key and we feel this education is also key to the growth and success of this nation. As George Washington Carver who was born as a slave said “Education is the key that unlocks the golden door of freedom”. As we have pointed out to our students El Salvador was one of the first countries to abolish slavery in 1824.

Confidentiality
As you will be aware we are vigilant about confidentiality in school and we will not discuss your son or daughter with other parents and equally we will not discuss other students with you other than where it has an impact on your son or daughter. In school we always seek to act fairly and decisively in the very best interests of each of our students and of the whole student community. If there are occasions where you hear rumours that school is doing something which does not sound right or does not meet your understanding of the school then it is very likely that the rumour is either false or you do not have the whole story. We need your continued trust and support to work effectively with all our students and we need the partnership between you and us to continue to be strong and mutually supporting. 

Field and Basketball Courts
Our new courts are coming on and soon we will be able to use them again. In the meantime most PE classes are using the field and it can be muddy. Team Sports are continuing after school but again the main location is the field. Please continue to encourage your youngsters to participate in these activities while we wait for the new courts. This year we have postponed our independence day school party until November 5th which is also a very significant day in the El Salvador independence.

Peace One Day
This will be celebrated on Friday next week and a big thank you to Esteban Cabrera our Student Council President and his Student Executive team for the work they have put in and thank you to all parents who have supported our youngsters by purchasing a T shirt for the day. We think Peace One Day fits very well into our Independence month celebrations.

Please remember we are closed on Monday for students as we are undertaking some INSET training to do with CIS and our accreditation.

Know Your School evenings are coming up and we are hoping for 100% attendance! Please make a note in your diary

Secondary dates for your diary
Monday 16th September: School closed for INSET
Tuesday 1st October: Grade 6 Know Your school and Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC
Thursday 3rd October: Grade 7/8 Know Your school and Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC
Monday 7th October: Grade 11/12 Know Your school & Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC
Wed 9th October: Grade 9/10 Know Your school &Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC

Friday, 6 September 2013

3: Friday 6th September 2013

From the Headmaster


The school reviews its philosophy and objectives regularly and will be doing so in preparation for our Five Year Accreditation Report with this questionnaire. The ABC’s philosophy and objectives are not dry and unused statements - we base all that we do at school on them. Do we have the right Vision? Is our Mission appropriate for preparing students for the 21st Century? Are the school’s Traits and Values institutionalised? How well are we doing in these areas?
Please help - we need your opinion. This questionnaire is just slightly longer than the usual one which we do each year but it is vital for us to be able to concentrate on doing the correct things.
Deadline: 7:00am on Monday 16th September 2013.
LinkQuestionnaire

Primary News

Upper Primary Back to School nights
Our Lower Primary school Back to School Nights this week have been very well attended. 

We look forward to welcoming parents of Upper Primary pupils to school next week to meet the teachers and learn about the school day. After parents have met with the class teachers they are invited to share some refreshments, kindly organised by the Madres Enlaces, in the Jubilee Library. Specialist teachers will also be in school on these evenings so if you have any questions about PE, Music, Art, ICT or our LSU this is the time to ask.

Lower Primary Back to School Night attendance
Pre-Kinder 96%
Kinder 90%
Prepa 91%
Grade One 87%

Lower Primary Car Passes and Stickers
We are still selling PK, K and P car passes and stickers at $1 each.

Mobile phones
Although still early in the term, in UP we have already had incidents of children’s mobile phones being temporarily lost or mislaid. The primary school rule is that mobile phones should be handed in to the UP office when the children arrive at school and collected again at the end of the day. The children may not have mobile phones on them, or in classrooms, during the school day. Parents and children must be aware that, whilst we do our best to keep these safe, these phones (some of them VERY valuable) remain the responsibility of the children, some of whom are very young to have such a responsibility. We do have landline phones available for the children to use after school in the offices so please encourage your children to leave their mobile phones at home where they will be safe.

Trainers for PE
In the primary school we ask our pupils to wear predominantly white trainers for PE. We understand that it can be difficult to buy entirely white trainers but would ask you to do your best. The most important aspect of trainers is that they offer good support to the children’s feet and ankles and that they have a good, non marking sole. We do not want to encourage our children to view trainers as being a fashion item. 

Swimming and PE lessons
At the ABC we consider swimming and PE to be a very important part of our curriculum. Except in exceptional circumstances, and with a medical note, we expect all children who are in school to take an active part in these lessons. If your child is too ill to take part in their swimming or PE lessons then they should probably be at home resting and recovering rather than in school.

Extra curricula activities
Our extra curricula and team sports programmes are up and running with a very pleasing number of primary children involved in a wide range of activities. There were a few problems this week with some children and parents unsure as to which classes their children were registered for. We believe that this has all now been sorted out but do apologise for any misunderstandings. Patricia Zelaya our coordinator for extra curricula activities can be contacted via email patriciazelaya@abc-net.edu.sv or by phoning 2241 4408.

UP School Council
Congratulations to the children in UP who have been chosen to represent their classes in this year's School Council. The School Council will be led, this year, by Mr. Hall. Please follow their blog.


UP Tribal Chiefs
Further congratulations to this years Tribal Chiefs who are:
Incas Luciana Mollins and Gabriel Lara; 
Aztecs Alfredo Sánchez and María Loreto Paz; 
Pipiles Ariana Guirola and Sebastián Arce; 
Mayan María Isabel Canales and Martín Atanacio.

We look forward to a year of healthy tribal competition led by our eldest children in Primary.

5th Grade UK trip 2014
Just a reminder that the deadline for receiving applications for 5th Grade children wishing to go on the annual UK trip in June/July 2014 is Monday 9th September.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Friday 13th September: Prepa Cáceres Spanish Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Monday 16th September: INSET Training day for staff - No school for children
Friday 27th September: 1st Fastiggi Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Wednesday 2nd October: Pre-Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm in the PAC
Friday 4th October: 1st Quintanilla Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Tuesday 8th October: Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm in the PAC
Thursday 10th October: Prepa Curriculum Night 6:00pm in the PAC
Friday 11th October: 1st Vásquez Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Friday 18th October: Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Monday 21st - Friday 25th October: Half term break
Wednesday 30th October: 1st Grade Curriculum Night 6:00pm in the PAC
Friday 8th November: 1st Aguirre Assembly 7:20am in the PAC

Upper Primary
Monday 9th September: 2nd and 3rd grade back to School night, from 6pm to 8pm at the PAC
Wednesday 11th September: 4th and 5th grade back to School night, from 6pm to 8pm at the PAC
Friday 30th September - Friday 11th October: UP teachers meet all UP parents

Secondary News

Student Council
We have had Student Council elections this week and as a result we have a new team of students working to ensure the student voice is heard. Congratulations to all who have been elected and we all look forward to working with them.

Independence Day
We will be celebrating the forthcoming Independence Day next week through assemblies and classes as well as with a Secondary Assembly on Friday. Please note we are not having our normal afternoon party due to the work taking place on the basketball courts which we hope to be complete by the end of the month. We will be holding our Independence Party on Tuesday 5th November which is the anniversary of the first shout for independence in El Salvador in 1811.

Dangers of Pornography
We have become aware this last week of a number of instances of our students viewing pornography in the privacy of their home and the effect it has had on them. I would like to remind all parents that it is sensible to have protective software to stop young children from being exposed to pornography either by accident or intentionally. We have also had some instances of students obtaining photographs or videos of other students of an inappropriate nature and we are making an urgent call for all parents to check the cell phones, laptops, computers or other mobile devices to ensure there are no inappropriate videos or pictures in your child’s devices. I know this is potentially distressing but it is important we all work together to ensure our young people are safe from pornography and understand the possible consequences of such offensive pictures. We work with our students in school on being respectful and making smart choices but we need parents to help ensure their safety in this area as well. If you feel you need help from school checking a device then please feel free to contact school and we will try to help. We will talk about this more at the coming Know Your School meetings.

Extra Curricular and Team Sports events started this week and we are hoping to see high levels of attendance over the coming week as well.

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 13th September: ABC Independence Day celebrations
Monday 16th September: School closed for INSET
Tuesday 1st October: Grade 6 Know Your school and Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC
Thursday 3rd October: Grade 7/8 Know Your school and Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC
Monday 7th October: Grade 11/12 Know Your school & Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC
Wed 9th October: Grade 9/10 Know Your school &Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC